” Sorry, Candy. Whoa.”
That was the sound of Candy Crowley about to be vigorously schooled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on CNN’s State of the Union. As if he were a teacher attempting to straighten out an errant student with the facts, Netayahu added, ” No, Candy. No, no. I’m sorry. I heard that. I hear people write that up, but, in fact, it’s the very opposite.” Chastened student Crowley finally corrected herself. If only more guests on her show were as strenuous in correcting Crowley.
CANDY CROWLEY: One of the criticisms, Mr. Prime Minister, has been that, prior to this, when you were dealing with Abbas, you had said, look, I don’t know who I’m supposed to negotiate with. There’s Hamas and then there’s Abbas and Fatah.
So, now there’s a unity government, and you still don’t want to talk to them. So, there’s criticism here that this was an excuse for you to walk away.
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Sorry, Candy. Whoa.
CROWLEY: Go ahead.
NETANYAHU: No, Candy. No, no. I’m sorry.
I heard that. I hear people write that up, but, in fact, it’s the very opposite. I said right from the start, I said, look, I could wait until President Abbas recognizes — represents the entire Palestinian people. But, in this case, we will wait until eternity, and we won’t have peace.
So, I chose deliberately, openly, specifically, and explicitly to negotiate with that part of the Palestinian people that said it was willing to make peace with Israel. I said, we’re not going to try to include the other part that seeks our extermination. And that’s what I did.